Tip Top Gold is easy to care for. Plant in the spring after all danger of frost has passed in a location that will receive full sun to partial shade. Space plants 8-12″ apart in well-drained soil that is not especially rich. High nitrogen levels will promote more foliage rather than flower production. They will tolerate poor, dry soil. Plant height 12-14″.
Does best where summers are cool. Nasturtiums have average watering needs; don’t over water. Nasturtiums grow well in containers or mixed pots. Attracts hummingbirds.
Nasturtium, Tip Top Gold tropaeolum
Nasturtium ‘Tip Top Gold’ gives bright golden flowers all summer long. Its mounding and semi-trailing habit makes it the perfect complement in window boxes, pots or tumbling over a wall. In addition to being able to eat the flowers, the leaves have a spicy, peppery or radish flavor. Helpful hint: it is better to pinch out the pistils of the nasturtium flowers before using them. They often have a bit of a bitter taste. Try them in salads or flavored butters.
Nasturtiums attract aphids and are often planted to lure aphids away from other plants. If you are growing nasturtiums to eat, using a safe soap spray at the first sign of aphids will help deter them from your plants.
Harvest flowers when they are fully open. You can harvest the leaves at any time. Collect seed head/pod when flowers fade; allow to dry. Or allow seed heads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds.